Name resolution with Connection-specific DNS Suffix

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Gary, Mar 17, 2009.

  1. Gary

    Gary Guest

    I'm having a name resolution problem.

    A cisco router configured by the home office serves as a DHCP server on this
    small network. Part of the DHCP information is a domain name. Let's say
    it's This domain is a real domain name...a web page at mail server at, etc. It has one other
    DNS entry on the name server. * resolves to some IP address. So
    everything not given a specific entry in DNS will resolve to that IP
    address. Hopefully all of that makes sense.

    Anyway...on the local network, there is no server. There are two Windows
    Vista Business computers. One of them has a problem when it tries to
    connect to another computer on the local network. When you ping any
    unqualified attaches the to the end of it and resolves
    it to the IP address assigned on the name server. So this computer cannot
    connect to any local machines by netbios name. You can ping the machines by
    IP address.

    For example:

    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::a8de:4737:ca79:5389%8
    IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . :
    Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . :
    Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :

    If I ping the workstation name:

    C:\Users\Gary>ping insp1420

    Pinging [66.66.666.66] with 32 bytes of data:
    Reply from 66.66.666.66: bytes=32 time=66ms TTL=52
    Reply from 66.66.666.66: bytes=32 time=36ms TTL=52
    Reply from 66.66.666.66: bytes=32 time=36ms TTL=52
    Reply from 66.66.666.66: bytes=32 time=35ms TTL=52

    Notice how it automatically adds the suffix to the name I'm
    pinging. I kind of fabricated the above ping...but this is the gist of it.
    The ping will actually ping, because the IP address is valid....however it
    doesn't resolve to the local IP of the workstation I'm actually trying to
    ping because of that Connection-specific DNS Suffix.

    Can anyone help me get this workstation to ping the local machines
    correctly? It will ping any IP addresses correctly when I explicitly ping
    the IP address. It will ping any external fully qualified domain name
    correctly. These are stand alone workstations with Vista Business. The
    router is configured by the home office for the specific use of some
    software from remote locations and probably cannot be modified. I do intend
    on putting a little netgear in it's place temporarily to see if the problem
    goes away. But ultimately, I will have to contend with the Cisco router as

    Thank you for any help.
    Gary, Mar 17, 2009
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